Simple tips for parents

The majority of my parenting wisdom has not been found in a book or from searching online, but from other parents. Friends, teachers, and grandparents make up my proverbial village, and I’m always listening and looking around to see what new tips I can pick up. The other day, I sent out an email to a group of them asking for some of their favorite random advice. In other words, we’re not talking big-picture suggestions like “the days are long but the years are short.” We’re talking “park near the cart-return at the grocery store” so you don’t have to go far from the car once the kids are buckled in.

So smart, right? In other words, we’re talking simple tips that make you think [forehead smack] ‘Yes!’

Here are a few things we came up with. What would you add? 

“[My mother-in-law] taught me this one. If they get close to the stove or street, you yell out ‘Danger’ in a loud voice to stop them in their tracks. It can be kind of obnoxious, but it works.”

“If they’re having trouble concentrating, try spinning him around, hanging him upside down, or playing on a swing set. Something about inner ear stimulation works magic.”

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Daytrip: The Ruth Bancroft Garden

Ironically, it was a rainy morning last March that we finally paid a visit to one of the most acclaimed dry gardens in California. The Ruth Bancroft Garden collection is a private collection turned public, made up of an incredible collection of plants from Mediterranean climates and other dry climates around the world, in Walnut Creek, California—and is an inspiration to anyone interested in gardening with succulents.

We took the kids out for a self-guided tour, and I’ve been meaning to share some pictures. If you’re in the area, I definitely recommend paying a visit.

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A visit to the Color Factory

I got an early look at San Francisco’s new pop-up art experience yesterday, Color Factory. A nostalgic, immersive delight, Color Factory is the 12,000 square-foot-creation of Oh Happy Day‘s Jordan Ferney and co-collaborators artist Leah Rosenberg and graphic designer-illustrator Erin Jang. You can’t miss it if you happen to stroll up Sutter Street downtown. Tickets are on sale now and it opens August 1st. I’d suggest bringing a child and seeing it through their eyes, too.

Some highlights…

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